This review covers MAC’s 12 Semi-Precious Mineralize Eye Shadows.
- Blue Sheen: navy, black, peach melange (limited edition)
- Dark Indulgence: forest green and black melange (limited edition)
- Smoky Ruby: burgundy and black melange (limited edition)
- Golden Gaze: gold and black melange (limited edition)
- Rare Find: violet, brown, gold melange (limited edition)
- Jade’s Fortune: bright yellow, blue, lime, black melange (limited edition)
- Hint of Sapphire: pink violet, teal, copper, blue melange (limited edition)
- Faux Gold: coral, gold, lime, bronze melange (limited edition)
- Quartz Fusion: soft pink, silver, deep pink melange (limited edition)
- Unsurpassable: green, teal, purple, copper melange (limited edition)
- Clarity: white, copper, grey melange (limited edition)
- Mineral Mode: white, copper, grey melange (limited edition)
These shadows come in standard MAC packaging but are larger than normal eye shadows. The compacts are plastic and come with snap-shut, flip-up tops.
Mineralize shadows have never been very impressive, and this reputation stands with the shadows in this collection.
The pigmentation for most of the colors fair/average. Many of the colors go on sparsely or sporadically. The colors, despite all being shimmery, are fairly dull-looking. The least impressive of the 12 colors is Quartz Fusion, which has large chunks of silver glitter that cause fall-out and applies weakly.
The pigmentation and finish can be improved if you foil the colors, with the exception of the following: Quartz Fusion, Clarity, and Mineral Mode. These colors are better applied dry.
Ease of Use: 8.25/10
You’ll need to apply several layers to get good pigmentation and an even finish. You can, alternatively, foil most of the colors to get a better finish.
Regular MAC shadows cost $14.50 and are 1.5 g each. Mineralize shadows are $20.00 and 2 g each, making them more expensive (accounting for the difference in size) than regular shadows. Given their average quality, you’re not getting a great deal.